Since the majority of the student body lives in dorms or in housing in the Arkadelphia area, Henderson State University rarely closes because of severe or inclement weather. In the event of severe or inclement weather, Henderson State University will notify students, staff, faculty, and the area residents of closings in several ways:
- The university's web page: hsu.edu
- State television stations in Little Rock (ABC-Channel 7, NBC-Channel 4, CBS-Channel 11)
- Text messaging
- Mobile app
It is understood that even in the event of closing, a skeleton crew will be required to report to work. The president and each vice president for his or her respective area determine the composition of this crew.